Includes bibliographical references (pages 359-363) and index
A look at the impending health and environmental disasters in the Soviet Union, discussing the shortage of appropriate surgical instruments, the dangerous concentration of pollution in some cities, and more
Foreword / Lester Brown -- 1. Facing Facts -- Shortened Lives, Needless Deaths -- Vicious Synergy: Pollution and Disease -- Chernobyl: The Glasnost Fallout -- From Subjects to Activists -- Protest by the Volga -- Onto the Streets -- From Protest to Power -- Beginnings of Wisdom -- 2. Birth of the Future -- The Whip of Necessity -- Science Subservient -- Socialism Versus the Louse -- A Duty to Health -- The Plan: Agent of Destruction -- False Fronts and Self-deception -- 3. Harvests of Neglect -- As Ye Sow -- A Stinking Ruin -- Ill Fares the Land -- Contamination for Mass Consumption -- Preference for Poison -- Back to (Human) Nature -- 4. A Sea of Troubles -- Deaths at an Early Age -- Resentment Rising -- 5. Dark, Satanic Mills -- The Shroud of Pollution -- Siberian Wastes and Wastelands -- Death Traps in the Rust Belt -- No Place to Hide -- Politics, Economics and Pollution -- 6. Water Torture -- "Conserve This Glorious Sea" -- Wasting Away -- Currents of Contamination -- Last Resorts -- 7." ... Plus Electrification" -- Rocks and Hard Places -- "We Simply Squander Energy" -- "We Need a Propagandist" -- Chernobyl: Costs of Cataclysm -- Mind over Matter -- Coverup and Controversy -- The Wages of Fear -- "Letting the Chips Fly" -- 8. Crippled Giant -- Sick Call -- Mayhem in Uniform -- Military Medicine: An Oxymoron? -- Hoist by Its Own Petard -- Up in Arms -- 9. Gathering Ills -- Environment and Health -- Losing Ground -- Drinking and Dying -- New Ills, Old Strategies -- Short-changed -- Opiates for the Masses -- Failing According to Plan -- There Ought to Be a Law -- 10. Cradle to Grave -- Siege Conditions -- Desperate Remedies -- A Woman's Story -- Motherhood and Its Discontents -- Equal Rights, Unequal Burdens -- Handicapped Healers -- Unarmed, Maybe Dangerous -- Prognosis Guarded -- 11. The People Speak -- Greening Around the Edges -- Ready for Prime Time -- Brushfires at the Grass Roots -- Fighting City Hall -- All Power to the Soviets! -- Things Fall Apart -- 12. A Time to Heal -- Environmental Economics -- The Prices of Cleanup -- First Things First -- Rx for Health -- Whence Cometh My Help
March 26, 2018 Subject:
Really helpful to understand some failures in the USSR
I highly recommend to borrow and read this book!
It was written by a scientist - Murray Feshbach is a demographer specialized in Eastern European Studies - and a journalist specialized on health and environmental issues - Alfred Friendly Jr.
The authors show credibly the extent to which many problems proceeded during the USSR. The facts are presented in an unemotional way and not from the viewpoint of free market dogmatists. If one compares the insight presented in the book to the fundamental, good concepts of the market economy, it becomes even more obvious that the management system named soviet socialism itself was a source of many problems, not of solutions. The main failure being not to produce any profits to maintain, modernize and advance the industry and instead doing everything on state command. The big warning is: Never try to plan and regulate things that cannot be planned.